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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: September 6, 2017, 01:32 PM »
Here was another good article from EW this summer about how the producers are the becoming the driving artistic forces for these Disney franchises and if directors can't work within those systems, they won't last long there.

This is certainly the new normal.  :(

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: September 5, 2017, 11:55 PM »
Kennedy is hiring the directors (she runs Lucasfilm) and she is making the decisions to let them go. Her track record as a producer is legendary, and so far with SW, she's only made over 3 billion dollars off two movies. That's not to say there might not be a problem.

I think it has to do with vision (we've heard it several times now) and maybe the reality these directors face vs. what was offered to them. At the outset, a lot was made of we want to make creative, boundary stretching SW films (mainly in the anthology series). A lot of new, hot directors got soaked up into the hype and the machine and then they started making these movies, and some found out, uh oh, there's shareholders. There's box office goals. There's a type of film that's expected as opposed to what was possible, and perhaps - who knows - that has led to some friction at all levels.

Clearly JJ Abrams knows how to navigate this and make a good movie. Clearly Rian Johnson does too. Lord and Miller? Who knows. Trevorrow I think is a victim of expectations. He got picked in 2015 for a movie that comes out in 2019, off the back of Jurassic World. That movie made a ton of money, but he may not be the talent Kennedy thought he was.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Favorite Line(s) of All Time
« on: September 5, 2017, 09:13 PM »
Oh boy.

Well, I'll take a stab at it. Not in any particular order:

Vintage SW
Modern SW
Playmates Star Trek (et al)
Playmates The Simpsons
Vintage GI Joe

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: September 5, 2017, 09:07 PM »
There have beens signals that Trevorrow wasn't working out, and there was never any enthusiasm for him, so this may be a good thing. It's certainly better than getting all the way into production and realizing it's not working.

I think as Nicklab says the films so far have lacked a cohesive vision. Kathy Kennedy isn't a visionary filmmaker, but she knows what a a SW film and has 3 billion dollars to back her up. What the films need is a guiding force, within the context of the films, and that person seems to be Rian Johnson. He gets it. There's no issues with TLJ and he's most likely going to take over IX. I think that's great. What the films need is stability and continuity.

Also, I don't think Star Wars is as elastic as some, especially Kennedy, might have believed. Coming into this, everyone anticipated all kinds of possible movies - a war movie, a heist movie, a comedy movie. SW has been a synthesis of all these films and genres. When you lean on one, it suffers. I think a SW film is pretty much what we've seen. There are variations in tone, but not in genre. That bodes ill for future anthology films, and off the shelf directors. It has to be within a certain context, guided by a writer and or director who gets it. Not just knows it; they get it. It comes from a place of understanding exactly what these movies are.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: September 5, 2017, 06:18 PM »
So... maybe not surprisingly, this just happened:

I'm sure there are already a bunch of hit pieces of Kathy Kennedy being posted as I write this. Clearly something is going on in the world of Lucasfilm. I happen to think it's more the slate of five films in five years was a little more than anyone was able to handle. There's just too many moving parts and without Lucas there, maybe too many interpretations on carrying on his vision.

Who knows.

That's bizarre. Hopefully it works out for you with no more hitches.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: September 1, 2017, 09:10 PM »
It's inexplicable that BB-8 is not available in any figure format from Hasbro today. I think him and BB-9 on a card (apparently they're both coming with a FO Disguise Rose) together would be wildfire, but what do I know. Phasma is another head scratcher. I'd love to have been able to buy Leia on FF, who is the best figure we've seen so far.

The Last Jedi / Re: Force Friday II - September 1, 2017
« on: September 1, 2017, 02:06 AM »
I can confirm that as well. Went to the local Wally and they had only one case of 5 POA figs (for each - Orange and Teal). Disaster averted as Ben and I were both able to get our Lukes between two WM's, but... also the six inch Hera created a minor controversy by being pilfered before the pallet hit the floor.

The Last Jedi / Re: Force Friday II - September 1, 2017
« on: September 1, 2017, 12:17 AM »
Found a General Leia (TLJ - gray dress) 5 POA figure that is FANTASTIC at just now. Lists November availability. Looking around but site is, um, slow.

The Last Jedi / Re: Force Friday II - September 1, 2017
« on: August 31, 2017, 10:33 PM »
Might not be, since Hasbro showed him on his own. That said, I think this is a great set really, so if it is the only way to get him, I'm ok with it. Odd Vader is left out, to complete the scene.

This is super cool. Probably the best exclusive of the bunch.

Rose instead of a SA Jedi Rey is just confusing. I'm sure we're getting one but - what?

The Last Jedi / Re: Force Friday II - September 1, 2017
« on: August 31, 2017, 11:53 AM »
Thanks as always Jayson for the hard work and making this time of year fun.

Ackbar looks a little off to me for some reason. Kind of weird wrinkles in the tunic there. But pretty good set. I sense a ROTJ Ackbar can't be far behind.

Most interested in Leia out of this wave.

Huge pass for me. Well, the PT Senate Guard would be good to have, but I've said that about a lot of multi pack 6 inch figs I don't have.

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